Goal’s Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones has claimed that Nottingham Forest are interested in taking midfielder Pedro Chirivella on loan for the remainder of the season.
The Spanish midfielder has made four appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this term, all of which coming in cup competitions as he looks to impress the German boss.
On Sunday afternoon, Chirivella showed exactly what he’s all about as he helped the Reds record a 1-0 victory over bitter rivals Everton, and book their place in the next round of the FA Cup.
The 22-year-old looked tenacious in the middle of the park – he looked brave and calm in possession, picking out some dangerous passes and looking up for the fight.
With his current deal at Anfield set to run out at the end of the campaign, it is claimed that Chirivella is set to be offered a new contract by the club, but is still expected to leave on loan this month.
Forest already have a plethora of talented midfielders in their ranks, with summer recruits Samba Sow and Tiago Silva proving to be excellent additions.
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Silva is probably the most similar type of player to Chirivella – he can play further forward as a number 10, but operates mostly as a box-to-box midfielder who is also comfortable at defending.
The arrival of Chirivella, though, could come as a big blow to Joao Carvalho, who has been fighting it out with Silva for a place in the team this term.
Carvalho has flattered to deceive under Sabri Lamouchi this season, scoring two goals and registering only one assist thus far.
The club-record signing, who has failed to nail down a place in Lamouchi’s side, has been forced to play out wide in order to make way for Silva through the middle.
If Chirivella were to arrive, then this suggests that Lamouchi is keen to add more creativity to his midfield to add competition for Silva, therefore where does this leave Carvalho?
The 22-year-old has already been linked with moves to Olympiacos and Trabzonspor, and as he continues to disappoint and fail to take his chances in the first-team, this arrival could be the final straw.